Re: Alfafa pellets/CdRom
Here is a little article that I wrote about alfalfa a couple of months ago.
Hope it helps. Dennis Stoneburner has a receipe for tea (sans crumpets for
Alfalfa as a beneficial soil additive has many growers of iris and
daylilies excited! This natural product seems to have marvelous properties
and no offensive ones.
It seems that in 1975, Dr. Stanley K Ries of Michigan State University
established that alfalfa increased yields of certain plants. He discovered
that TRIACONTANOL, contained in the leaves of alfalfa, is an extremely
powerful plant growth stimulant. Alfalfa is also beneficial for soil
organisms. It has a very high vitamin A content, plus thiamine, riboflavin,
pantothenic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, choline, proline, bentaine and folic
acid, plus nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, calcium, magnesium and other
valuable minerals. Also included are sugars, starches, proteins and fiber,
plus co-enzymes and 16 amino acids.
Alfalfa is good for people, too. The North Buffalo Co-op on Main Street
in Buffalo near UBUs south campus has a brisk trade in loose leaved alfalfa
for teas at $8.00/lb.
Anecdotal evidence that alfalfa works in the garden comes from
commercial growers as well as home gardeners. One says he has been using
alfalfa pellets for five years. At first he tried them in one bed. That bed
was outstanding, and so he used them on all beds ever since.
Other growers prefer to pass the pellets through the horse prior to use
Some gardeners put a handful, or even a cupful in the soil in the hole
while planting individual specimens. The pellets can be sprinkled over the top
of the soil around established plantings and can be left to dissolve -- they
quickly turn into a mush -- or dug into the soil around the plants. Alfalfa
is not relished by squirrels and because it quickly melds into the soil, does
not seem to attract other varmits. Some rose and orchid growers make an alfalfa RteaS and spray the liquid directly on their plants as a foliar
Alfalfa pellets are available from Agway stores or wherever cattle and
horse feed is sold. Agway in East Aurora sells a 50 pound bag for $8.49.
The price in 1988 in another part of the country was $6.40 for 50 pounds.
Alfalfa pellets are a real RCounty-MouseS miracle substance. Farmers
have been growing alfalfa to improve soil for a long time. Now itUs
available and has been proven to be successful for home gardeners, too.
The technical information in this article comes from an article by Doris
Simpson in The Daylily Journal, Fall, 1988.
Carolyn Schaffner in rainy Buffalo, NY (don't have to dig for the sale today!!